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"Vail. Altitute sickness aka exhaustion!!" Vail Warnings Or Dangers Tip by johnste

Vail Warnings and Dangers: 5 reviews and 4 photos

  Gore Stream bridge into Vail Valley shopping area
by johnste

Do NOT be an idiot & drive in, spend the night, & then ski the back bowls. Take the lift a third of the way up & ski from THERE the first day.
Go to Travel Doctor cited below. Read!
Our group (ages 18 to 70) all in superb shape & pre-conditioned STILL had alt. issues. One of us: acute urinary retention. Docs said related to alt. Two others of us experienced a single red eye - your blood pressure goes up, your eye blood vessels swell. No pain tho worrisome until we looked up cause using free Vail WiFi.Rest of us had exhasution, headaches, dizziness until day 3.
Don't fear Vail! 99% of symptoms gone after 3 days, and before biggest symptom was gasping for air after climbing steps. One uf us got Diamox before coming. In January without, he'd been in shape, but spent the first two days with blue nailbeds on his fingers, purple lips though they were warm because he wasn't getting enough O2! In December same year on Diamox, he was FINE and out shovelling the walks the first night.

Merck Manual says "Most people can ascend to 5000 to 6500 ft (Denver level) in 1 day without problems, but about 20% who ascend to 8000 ft (Vail level) and 40% who ascend to 10,000 ft (not top of Vail mountain skiing!) develop some form of altitude sickness.

Drink extra water because breathing large volumes of dry air at altitude greatly increases water loss, and dehydration aggravates symptoms. Avoid salt. Alcohol seems to worsen AMS and reduces breathing during sleep, accentuating sleep disturbance. Eat frequent small meals that are high in easily digested carbohydrates (eg, fruits, jams, starches) 1st few days.

No other injuries or problems, thank heavens!

BTW: It's cold & flu season. Bring hand wipes, Clorox counter wipes for doorknobs, lightswitches, etc., sublingual B12 for energy, ibuprofen, vitamin C, melantonin for sleep, decongestant nasal spray, Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), normal saline nasal spray (your nose gets DRY!!!), menthol cough drops, etc.


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  • Written Dec 18, 2007
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